August may be the last month in the summer but for us here at CITRIC it's the beginning of something new, 4DJs to light up the decks and keep things poppin' all night long. This time, we welcome our first female to the decks at Vault as well as feature our first international guest of the summer. It's all been working up to the arrival of Chris Salt and in order to ensure our party is 100% full blast the whole time we've brought in a little help from Core events' very own Keryn. Her special set this month is just a taste of what she and her partner Zach Roth will be bringing to CITRIC as the main event in September. With $4 Red Stripes and $5 Ketel Citron cocktails from 10-12 pm, residents Holosound & Derek Godwin bringing their usual assortment of heaters, and $5 admission with rsvp, there's simply no reason not to get a piece of the action with all hands on deck and the city's best tuned intimate sound systems to back it all up. Read below for a little more on Chris Salt....
Just a month after signing a two album recording contract with Silver Planet in 2003, Chris kicked off an international DJ career with a high profile set, playing the first Saturday night at a prestigious new club in the heart of Shibuya, Tokyo. The night before, Chris had handed a white-label promo of 'Dub Sonar' to none other than renowned house DJ Satoshi Tomiie. Taking place on Chris' 23rd birthday, his set was so well received that the promoters rebooked him two months later.
Back home, the hype surrounding Chris' productions and projects continued to grow. 'Dub Sonar' had received heavy DJ support from Sasha, Nick Warren, Sander Kleinenberg, Slacker and Jonathan Lisle, and the dance press sat up and took notice. The first single received great reviews in DJ mag, IDJ, DMC Update and M8 magazine, and a full page feature in M8 magazine followed soon after.
Chris' growing reputation as a prominent producer was solidified further with his remix of Flash Brothers' 'Ways', which again received DJ support from Sasha and further good press in DJ mag and M8 magazine, and the remix even topped the influential Hooj.com weekly chart. By this stage Silver Planet had asked Chris to compile and mix their third instalment of the Fear series, following in the footsteps of James Holden and the Flash Brothers.
The Fear 3 mix compilation was released on the anniversary of his first gig in Tokyo, achieving critical acclaim with the dance press declaring it an outstanding achievement and the best in the series. The release was promoted with a DJ tour spanning several UK dates (Twisted Melon, Empathy and Audio Deluxe) and international bookings in Poland and Turkey.
This also coincided with Silver Planet's 50th release, which featured the Luke Chable remix of 'Dub Sonar' and Chris' remix of Main Element's 'Delta Of Venus'. DJ support came from John Digweed and Steve Smart on Kiss FM, and from Nick Warren who charted it at number two. Chris' second single, 'Atmospheric Graffiti' (debuted at his first gig in Tokyo), was picked up by Anthony Pappa for his Balance 006 compilation, and Nick Warren declared it his tune of 2004.
Chris' second mix compilation, Future House on Kickin Music, received further good press and distribution deals from major players Universal and JVC. An international DJ tour to promote the release included dates at The Bomb in Nottingham, Turnmills in London, London Calling @ Earl's Court, L'Enfer Rouge in Prague, Park 97 in Shanghai, Studio 80 in Amsterdam, Secret in Istanbul and Faces in Ankara.
Having played alongside Hybrid, Phil K, Futureshock, Phil Kieran, Slacker, Andy Moor, Ashley Casselle, Jody Wisternoff and Lexicon Avenue, with headline DJ sets in nine different countries and an on-going DJ residency at London's renowned Electronic Sessions, Chris is now putting the final touches on his first full-length album "Full Surrender" which is due out in early 2009 on Silver Planet and is sure to put Chris amongst the top ranks of currently active DJ/Producers in the game.